Barnsley captain Alex Mowatt hopes he can agree a contract extension with the club ‘in the next couple of weeks’.

The Reds skipper’s current deal is due to expire at the end of this season and negotiations have been on and off for several months.

Mowatt told the Chronicle: “The talks are still ongoing. But hopefully something can be sorted soon.

“There has been a lot going on at the club but hopefully something can be sorted in the next couple of weeks.”

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Gerhard Struber left the club this month and was replaced as head coach by Valerien Ismael this week, following a caretaker stint for Adam Murray.

Mowatt said: “With Muz playing a similar style and us having a lot of games, nothing really changed. We all wanted to play for Muz and gave it everything.

“We all set targets at the start of the season, but we didn’t start as well as we wanted to.

“We achieved a lot last season under the old manager but we’re excited to work under the new manager.

“We don’t know too much about him. Friesy (Dominik Frieser) spoke because he had him at his old club. He said he’s a good manager and we’re all excited to work under him.”

Mowatt scored his first goal in 30 games on Saturday with a stunning strike at Millwall but the hosts levelled within a minute. It was a 1-1 draw.

“It was a relief. It was nice for it to go in the top corner for my first goal of the season. I have had a bit of stick lately for my shooting but, as soon as I hit that, I knew it was in.

“It was so frustrating because when we were celebrating my goal we said ‘let’s shut up shop for the next few minutes until half-time’.

“But we conceded a corner then a goal so it was really frustrating.”

Mowatt has been reunited in midfield with Matty James who has returned to Oakwell for a second loan spell.

“I played with Matty when he was here last, he’s a good player and the more natch fitness he gets the better.

“He gave me license to get forward and score the goal.”